Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 'Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge’ at Shyok River in Ladakh on October 21. Speaking at the event, he said, “Delighted to dedicate to nation the newly constructed ‘Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge’ at Shyok River, Ladakh. It will not only provide all-weather connectivity in the region but also be a strategic asset in border areas.” He further announced the opening of Siachen area for tourism. “Siachen area is now open for tourists and tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for tourism purpose,” said Singh. Speaking on the shared border of India and China, Singh said, “India shares cordial relations with China. There are perceptional differences between both the countries on boundary issues but the issue has been handled with great maturity and responsibly. Both countries have not allowed the situation to escalate or go out of hand.” He further added, “Kashmir is India’s internal and integral matter. Even the Chinese President Xi Jinping did not mention Kashmir in his meeting with PM Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram. China’s recent statement for action against terror is also significant.”